10th February 2014

Ballinamore Heartsafe
Church Gate Collection will be held on Sat 15th and Sun 16th Feb. We would appreciate your generous support once again. Last month we trained 9 new volunteers so our numbers of trained CPR and AED users in the community continues to grow. We have two people who have put themselves forward to do the trainers course and we hope that this will be completed before the summer. Previously we were able to avail of trainer training through the HSE but funding is not available presently or for the foreseeable future for those courses. Money collected will be put towards the costs of this training with the Irish Heart Foundation or alternative company. We thank you for your support.

Enrolment for Junior Infants will take place in the junior infant classroom on Tuesday 25th February from 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm
If you are unable to make it that day please telephone the school on (071) 9644952 and we will arrange for forms to be posted out.

Top Score
Philip Farrelly & Jim Young (145)
1st Lady Mary Maguire (142)
2nd Lady Doreen Woods (136)
3rd Joan O’Reilly (135)
½ time Lady Eileen Donahoe (70)
Longest sitting Lady Pauline McTeggart
2nd Gent Margaret Johnston (142)
3rd Gent John Maguire (141)
½ time Gent Michael Flanagan (71)
longest sitting Gent Christopher McNiffe
1st prize – Iris Bennett / 2nd Eva Flanagan / 3rd prize Myrtle Neill / 4th prize Ann Beirne


Dates for your Diary

Ash Wednesday 5th March
Easter Sunday 20th April
First Penance (Ballinamore) Thursday 27th March 7pm in Church
First Communion (Ballinamore) Saturday 31st May 11am
First Penance (Aughnasheelin) Thursday 10th April 7pm in Church
First Communion (Aughnasheelin) Sunday 25th May 10am
Confirmation Saturday May 10th 12noon St Patrick’s Corlough

Masses during the week
Monday & Wednesday at 7pm, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 9am,

Saturday at 11am. Weekend Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 11.30am.

Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council will meet on Tuesday February 18th at 8.30pm in Ballinamore Community Centre (please note change of date from 11th to 18th of February.

We welcome into the parish community Sean Patrick Harte who was baptised on Saturday last in Ballinamore Church. May God bless this child and his family.


Is on public display from 31st January 2014 to 11th April 2014, during which time submissions/observations may be made. Written submissions/observations should be addressed to Planning Department Leitrim County Council, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim or by email to devplan@leitrimcoco.ie. The documents may be viewed at www.leitrimcoco.ie. The public are encouraged to participate in the preparation n of this important Plan.


Johnston Central Library on the 19th February for Junior Certificate students from 10.00 am to 1.00pm. Leaving Certificate Workshop from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Cost €12 per session. Places limited, to book please ring (049) 4378500/1

Two sums of money were found around Christmas, one in the Town area the other in Kiltymooden, contact Fr Johnston or Fr Sean.


Enterprise Centre, Willowfield Road,


10 Two Hours Classes

On Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Commencing date subject to numbers.

To Book telephone Grainne Tue or Wed from 10.00am to 2.00pm

(071) 9644881 Or Email ballinamoreenterprisecentre@gmail.com 


scheduled to run full time for 20 weeks commencing end of March to Mid-August (subject to numbers)

in Ballinamore Development Company Enterprise Centre Willowfield Road (071) 9644881

Course Description

This full time programme has been designed to enable learners to develop their LCT Communication, numeracy, and job seeking skills to gain a National Qualification at Level 3 on the National Framework of Qualification.

For further information and eligibility criteria please contact your local Introe office or Solas Sligo at (071) 9159595

Introduction to Gardening with Fergal Meehan at Ballinamore VEC. Four week course beginning Thursday 6th March 7.00pm – 9.00pm. Cost €50. To enrol contact Jenny on (071) 9644136 or jcooney@ballinamorecs.ie before Thursday 13th February.

Dates for your diary
For family and friends living away from Ballinamore the following are the dates for this year’s show ‘Crazy for You’ Sat 22
nd, Sun 23rd Wed 26th Thurs 27th Fri 28th Feb and Sat 1st March. It promises to be a super night’s entertainment, packed full of comedy, song and dance. Don’t miss it!

Church Street, Ballinamore, Sunday Service is at 12.15pm every Sunday except on the 4th Sunday which is held in Drumreilly Church, Drumreilly

Ballinamore Drama Festival
The Drama Festival is just 4 weeks away and a lot has to be covered before the opening night on 7th March. The next meeting will be held in the Standing Stone on Thursday 13th February at 9.
00 pm. All are welcome .
Season Tickets are now on sale in Murphy’s Newsagents, Smyth’s Gift Shop & Lá Nua at the amazing value of €50 for 10 nights of great drama.

Staging THE REAL MCCOY. New comedy by Tommy Moran. February 13th,14th,15th and 16th in Aughawillan Hall. Curtain 8.30pm sharp.


Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin 125 Years young
A special thank you to everyone for joining us last Friday night in the park to celebrate 125 years of the club. It will take some more research to establish if the weather was as inclement 125 years ago as it was on Friday past, yet it was wonderful to see that the snow, rain and wind did not detract from the evening and that so many could join us to mark this special occasion. It’s safe to say that the club will have a strong and healthy future on the basis of the number of children and young people that joined us to mark this historic occasion. It was great to hear the laughter and see our young club members enjoying the facilities to the fullest. I dare say the gym will have not seen as strenuous a work out before. We had one of our oldest members Seamus Mac Murchaidh present on the night with one of the youngest his grandson, also called James, another indicator of the strong and long lasting ties families have to the club. We must give special thanks to Tommy Moran who helped bring history to life on the night with some excellent anecdotes and stories of the successes of the club over the last 125 years and it was great to see some of the instigators of this success in attendance with many of our greatest players past, present and hopefully future there. Special thanks to the excellent as ever Eunan Sweeney who braved the elements and a giant step ladder to get some excellent pictures that will be available to future generations to admire. Thanks to everyone on the night for attending and helping out, with a crack team of bakers and sandwich makers ensuring no one left hungry. Special mention to Sean McCartin who was steward in the car park on the night in difficult conditions and helped ensure everything went off without a hitch.

Congratulation once again to the Leitrim senior team on another excellent victory with special mention to our clubman Wayne McKeon who had another excellent game.

Minor Match

Our Minor team take on St Bridget’s in the first round of the minor league this Saturday in the park at 12:00 noon.


The club would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Bridgie McNiffe who passed away on Friday last. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air.

Congratulations to our own Michelle Fanning who powered to success at the All Ireland Army Track & Field event Athlone Sports Arena this week. Michelle was placed 2nd in both the shot put and long jump and placed 4th in a great time in the 3000m run narrowly missing out on the gold having led the race towards the end. Well done Michelle!!

Not So Strictly.

1972 was a memorable year for the Sean O'Heslins club, winning the U-12, U-14 and Senior Championship, Senior League and U-21 championship and one member of that U-21 winning side is returning once again to Ceannaboe. Ray McCaffrey, who many people will know as the "friendly bread man", took a medal home all those years ago. Shortly afterwards Ray headed for New York where he had a successful career with the New York Giants and the Harlem Globetrotters and also had a critically acclaimed Broadway run. After losing a close fought election for Mayor of New York Ray returned home and defected to Cavan (we won't hold that against him). Ray is now dusting off his dancing shoes to represent Corlough GAA in the Corlough/Swanlinbar "Not so strictly come dancing" competition in the Slieve Russell hotel on Sunday 16th March. Best of luck Ray!

GAA National Club Draw

Support your local club

Crannchur Náisiúnta na gClubanna CLG

Following a proposal from Croke Park it has been agreed to run a national draw in support of Local GAA clubs with tickets available for €10. All proceeds from the sale of these tickets goes direct to the club and the draw will take place on the 17th of March. There are some excellent prizes on offer including: Trips to the 2014 International Rules series in Australia (2 persons Match tickets, airline tickets & accommodation); The Ultimate Football package 2014 (2 persons All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet & tour tickets to Boston.); Corporate Box concert tickets with pre-concert hospitality in Croke Park in 2014; Travel voucher to the value of €1,500; All-Ireland Football Final package 2014 (2 persons. Corporate Box tickets, corporate hospitality & 2 nights accommodation.)
Tickets can be purchased from Gay Priors and the following club members Ruairi Sullivan, Paddy Prior, Brendan Burns, Tom Burns, Andy Duffy, Walter Sharpley, Paddy O’Connor, Brid Sullivan, Gerry Mahon, P J McLoughlin, Anne Shanley, Hugh Murphy, Raymond McHugh, Patrick McKiernan, Ronan O’Rourke, Alan Banks, John Darcy, John Harte and Adrian Smith.

Female Fitness

Female fitness classes are on every Monday and Thursday in Ballinamore Community Centre at 8pm. All welcome. For further information contact Michelle Fanning on (087) 9390980

Interested in improving your health

If you are interested in improving you health and fitness levels in a social environment come along to Ballinamore GAA gym on Thursday morning at 10am for a social fitness session for over 60's or at 11am for a beginners fitness session to learn how to become fit and healthy in 2014. For booking contact 0879390980

Men's Get Active Programme

Men's Gym Circuits will be taking place in Ballinamore GAA Gym Wednesday at 8.30pm, it’s a great opportunity to get fit and healthy and meet others. For further information contact 0879390980.

Club Membership

Club membership is now open for the coming year with adult membership set at €35, junior membership at €20 and family membership at €80. For further information please contact Ronan O’Rourke or Andy Duffy.

Irish Comhrá classes

If you are interested in improving your Irish, conversation classes are taking part each Tuesday at 8.30pm in the library. There are separate groups for those who know very little Irish, those who have a fair amount and those who are fluent. Leaving Cert or transition year students will also find it useful. Admission is free.

Club Lotto
Numbers Drawn 26013475

Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir den Lotto ar an Luan seo caite.

Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan:

€40: Brendan Burns.

Sponsored Bottle of whiskey: Andrew Duffy.

€40 an duine; John Gilheaney Kiltymoden

Paddy McCourty Church Street,

PJ Dolan’s Garage, High Street,

Eliose Martin, Stradermott

Luan Seo chugainn Pat Joe’s Bar. Pota Oir €7000

Ceannabo Ceol Sessions
This Friday night (7th) the Ceannabo youth traditional music session takes place in The Snug at the Standing Stone 8-9.30pm. Hopefully we will have all our regulars back and hope to see some more new faces. So please bring a friend with you. Congrats to the set dance group from Aughnasheelin GAA Club who performed for us the last night. They went on to win the Leitrim and Connacht titles and are heading to the All Ireland's on 1st March, so best of luck to them. All levels of musical ability catered for, it’s an informal gathering of young musicians, so all welcome Friday hope to see you there!


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